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  1. AFTEREARTH – Immersive Three-Panel Installation

    Jess X. Snow / Free Shorts, Documentary / Hawaii, USA / 2017 / Documentary, Shorts / 13 mins
    The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center brings history, art, and culture to you through innovative, community-centered museum experiences and digital initiatives throughout the U.S. and beyond, as a museum without walls. Recognizing the exciting potential in emerging technology and media, PAAFF and Smithsonian APAC are partnering to present an exceptional experimental short in a special exhibit that offers a glimpse into the future of storytelling
    Afterearth – Immersive Three-panel Installation

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 17, 2018 12:30 pm


  2. Augmented Adolescence

    Free Shorts / Canada, Hong Kong, USA / Shorts / 62 mins
    In today’s society, technology increasingly impacts how we live our lives from simple things like ordering food and taxis to finding our dating partners. Perhaps those most impacted by the omnipresence of digital technology are the post-millennial youth. This block of four narrative and one doc short explore a variety of coming-of-age situations impacted by technology. Filmmakers expected in attendance for post-film Q&A.
    Augmented Adolescence

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 16, 2018 4:30 pm


  3. Experimental Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Shorts

    Pacific Showcase, Free Shorts / Greenland, Guam, Hawaii, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, USA / Shorts / 72 mins
    Told through visual poetry and narrative, and infused with stunning color and sound, these shorts recognize the trials and triumphs of family, explore the environmental traumas inflicted upon Oceania, and share the pride and resilience of these communities throughout history to the present. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the following organizations for their assistance with curating this program: the ‘Ohina Short Film Showcase, Pacific Islanders in Communications, and the Wairoa Mãori Film Festival. Director/Cinematographer/Editor Jes X. Snow will be in attendance with Co-Producer Adriel Luis and other members of the crew.
    Experimental Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Shorts

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 17, 2018 11:00 am


  4. Horror Genre Shorts

    Horror, Free Shorts / China, Japan, South Korea, USA / Shorts / 46 mins
    A serial dater-turned-killer, ghost children, and spiritually possessed painting are just a few of the topics in this year’s five-film Horror Genre Shorts program. Not for the faint of heart. Filmmakers expected in attendance for post-film Q&A.
    Horror Genre Shorts

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 16, 2018 11:30 pm


  5. Intergenerational & Overseas Perspectives On Queer Identity

    Free Shorts / Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan, USA / Shorts / 81 mins
    This program of six narrative shorts explores a variety of perspectives on queer-ness, coming out, and embracing one’s identity both overseas and amongst the Asian immigrant generation in the US.
    Intergenerational & Overseas Perspectives On Queer Identity

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 18, 2018 11:00 am


  6. Metamorphosis

    Free Shorts / Japan, USA / Shorts / 61 mins
    This program of seven shorts each deal with a major transition, literal or figurative, and each challenge conventional storytelling in their execution. Filmmakers expected in attendance for post-film Q&A.
    Metamorphosis

    Fleisher Art Memorial
    November 15, 2018 5:00 pm


  7. Musical Shorts

    Free Shorts / India, USA / Shorts / 75 mins
    What do a street dancer, violin virtuoso, keeper of sacred tradition, and femme-forward hip hop artist-activist all have in common? Their love of music. This mixed block of two narrative and two doc shorts explores a few of the many different relationships that people have with music, and the impact it has on our lives. Filmmakers expected in attendance for post-film Q&A
    Musical Shorts

    Institute of Contemporary Arts
    November 10, 2018 1:15 pm


  8. Never Again is Now

    Free Shorts / USA / Shorts / 78 mins
    This mixed program of doc and narrative shorts explores the similarities and differences between anti-Japanese sentiment that led to the community’s mass incarceration during WWII and Islamophobic bigotry in the post-9/11 and Trump Era. The block of six shorts is evenly split between Japanese American and Muslim/Sikh/South Asian stories for an evocative program meant to provoke conversation about these startling parallels Filmmakers expected in attendance for post-film Q&A.
    Never Again is Now

    University of Pennsylvania
    November 10, 2018 3:00 pm


  9. Sci Fi Genre Shorts

    Free Shorts / USA / Shorts / 48 mins
    This block of four Sci-Fi genre narrative shorts explores a variety of not-so-distant futures dictated by technology and varying degrees of dystopia. Filmmakers expected in attendance for post-film Q&A
    Sci Fi Genre Shorts

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 11, 2018 3:00 pm Buy Tickets